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Where did the Portuguese Raposo family come from? What is the Portuguese Raposo family crest and coat of arms? When did the Raposo family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Raposo family history?

The noble Portuguese surname Raposo is of nickname origin, as it is derived from a physical or personal characteristic of the original bearer. In this instance, the surname Raposo comes directly from the Portuguese word "Raposo," translated as "male fox" and in turn derived from the Portuguese "raboso" meaning "tail," with reference to the beautiful furry tail of that animal.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Raposos, Raposa, Raposas, Rapoza, Rapozo and others.

First found in the regions of Portugal. The Raposo family were descended from the barons of Meneses and prospered throughout the Middle Ages.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Raposo research. Another 325 words(23 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Raposo History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 25 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Raposo Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Raposo Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Alvaro Raposo, who arrived in America in 1813
  • Manuel Raposo, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1860
  • Gaspar Raposo, who landed in Florida in 1863

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  • Joseph Guilherme Raposo Jr. (1937-1989), Portuguese-American composer, songwriter and pianist
  • Gregory Frank "Greg" Raposo (b. 1985), American Rock'n'Roll singer and actor
  • Carlos Pereira de Almeida Raposo, Brazilian lawyer
  • Francisco Antonio Raposo, Portuguese inventor
  • José María Raposo, Chilean journalist
  • André Raposo (b. 1978), water polo player from Brazil
  • José Hipólito Raposo (1885-1953), Portuguese politician, writer and lawyer
  • Paulo Raposo (b. 1967), musician, publisher and radio activist based in Lisbon
  • Álvaro Raposo (b. 1990), Peru professional tennis player


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  1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  2. Archivo General De Indias, Sevilla. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias durante los Siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Edited by the docents of the General Indian Archives under the Director of the Archives, Don Cristobal Bermudez Plata 3 Volumes - Volume 1 1509-1534. Sevilla, Spain: Imprenta de la Gavidia, 1940. Print.
  3. Guiseppi, Montague Spencer, edition. Naturalizations of Foreign Protestants in the American and West Indian Colonies. Mancester, England: The Huguenot Soceity of London, 1921. Print.
  4. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Patronimica Española Y Sus Patronimicos Compuestos. Madrid: Hidalguía, 19676. Print.
  5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Marques A. H. De Oliveira. History of Portugal. New York: Columbia University Press, 1972. Print.
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Raposo Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Raposo Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 15 February 2015 at 14:04.

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